Sunday, December 06, 2009

Lexy Ortega - Italian Champion

GM Lexy Ortega, formerly Cuban junior champion, since 1991 resident of Rome and since 2007 Italian citizen, won the 2009 Italian Chess Championship after the dramatic tiebreak match against GM Michele Godena. Earlier, both collected 7.5 points from 11 rounds of the regular tournament.

Godena was probably winning in both rapid games, but the persistent Ortega turned the tables and took his first Italian championship. Godena was five times champion.

Godena, Ortega and 3rd placed IM D'Amore

Full standings